Mon 24/Apr: Festival Resistente, Gorsseto
Camilla, Rossana, Alice, Darleen and Marla have been riding the wave of rock’n’roll since 1998, people often refer to them as “the queens of Italian female garage-punk”. Touring Italy in their 1985 Volkswagen van they opened for bands like Morlocks, Pretty Things, The Pandoras, Lords of Altamont and Real McKenzies, also rockin many festivals like Festival Beat, Rebellion Festival (UK), BusOne, Estathé Market Sound, etc…
The Cleopatras early recordings consist of two 7”, “The Cleopatras” (2000) and “Let’s run with…” (2001), after which they went on a hiatus to return in 2008 with a new line-up, which still remains today.
At that point, it was time to get back to work touring and recording; one brief tour in the UK in 2009, the “Dame tu amor” EP in 2008 and their first album with the new line-up “Things get better” in 2010 (for the label Area Pirata).
In 2012 they appeared in “Le ragazze del rock”, a book by Jessica Dainese dedicated to the female rock scene in Italy.
In 2014 their second full-length work “La maledizione del Faraone” was released on CD for the Italian Ammonia Records and on cassette for the californian label Wiener Records, with singles like “Apple Pie” and “Pazzo” as the band’s official videos.
In August 2015 the band played at the “Rebellion Festival” in Blackpool UK (one of the most popular punk rock festivals in Europe), and in September they performed for the stylist Antonio Marras fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week.
2016 was an intensive year of touring with gigs all around Italy and Europe (including Greece for a tribute show for Lux Interior, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands).
Their new album “CleoPower!” will be released in April 2017 for Ammonia Records.
A more mature record in terms of sound and contents –ranging from classic garage punk to surf, and a hint of 90s alternative rock. The ironic and light-hearted spirit of the previous records has been replaced by more provocative lyrics that focus on situations where women are victims of stereotypes and cliché.
The sound of the Cleopatras is mostly influenced by garage, surf, power-pop and ‘77 punk: Ramones, The Cramps, The Trashwomen, The Sonics, New York Dolls, Link Wray ecc, not to mention all the female bands from the 50-60s.
A fresh, cheeky and ironic mixture of 60s garage, punk rock and rock’n’roll, Rough&Girlie style.